Bethesda vs Interplay lawsuit isn’t over yet

The battle over Fallout continues.  Bethesda has failed in its attempt to obtain a preliminary injunction against Interplay in their ongoing legal battle over the Fallout IP – but this doesn’t mean the lawsuit is over by any means, contrary to what some reports have suggested.  The Fallout IP is still up for grabs… The… Continue reading Bethesda vs Interplay lawsuit isn’t over yet

New House of Lords proposal could water down Digital Economy Bill

A new proposal by the House of Lords could weaken the effect of the most contentious aspects of the Digital Economy Bill, being: (i) obligations on ISP to assist in curbing online infringement; and (ii) the Government’s ability to modify the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 by order. (Thanks to Tom Watson for this tip.)… Continue reading New House of Lords proposal could water down Digital Economy Bill

Evony vs Brit blogger in Oz

Evony vs blogger Just a quick one: the Guardian reports that the US company which owns Evony, the (in)famous web-based game, is suing a British blogger (Bruce Everiss) over allegedly libellous comments he made regarding Evony in his blog. In Australia? However, Evony is bringing its libel claim aginst Everiss in Australia, rather than in Britain or the… Continue reading Evony vs Brit blogger in Oz

No Doubt vs Activision: a legal analysis

The dispute between No Doubt and Activision over Band Hero (which we’ve blogged about previously) has continued to escalate, with Activision this week filing papers setting out its formal legal position. Below, I set out a lowdown of what’s going on, what No Doubt and Activision argue against each other and my thoughts about  how… Continue reading No Doubt vs Activision: a legal analysis

Confirmed: UK Govt rejects games tax break

UK Chancellor Alastair Darling has rejected granting a tax break to the games industry. It had been hoped that his Pre Budget Report (more on that here) would introduce the tax break, which has been the subject of substantial lobbying from the games industry and has received cross-party political support. This result will of course… Continue reading Confirmed: UK Govt rejects games tax break

UK to refuse to grant games tax break

The Guardian reports that the UK Government is expected to reject including a tax break for the UK games industry in its Pre-Budget Report to be published today (the Pre-Budget Report has become in recent years one of the best indications as to the Government’s proposals for the next year’s budget – if it is… Continue reading UK to refuse to grant games tax break

UK games class action lawsuits edge a bit closer?

Just a quick one: the UK Government has released a paper regarding the role and powers which it proposes to give to a new consumer champion (known as the Consumer Advocate) who will have the power to take on large companies on behalf of consumers.  A key proposal is that the Consumer Advocate will be able… Continue reading UK games class action lawsuits edge a bit closer?

Runescape, the Computer Misuse Act and theft

The background: Details here.  A group of Runescape players mount a phishing scam, obtain other players’ accounts, strip those accounts of gold and loot.  Presumably they make an in-game or real-world profit.  Then the UK Police (specifically the Central Police e-crimes unit) swoop in.  They arrest a caution an individual in Avon and Somerset “on… Continue reading Runescape, the Computer Misuse Act and theft